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Conde Nash Traveler | Written by Sebastian Modak | July 25, 2016
It's like the Appalachian Trail for bikes.
It's been under discussion since the early 1990s, so you'd be forgiven for thinking the East Coast Greenway—a nearly 3,000-mile paved bike trail that would extend from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida—is nothing but a pipe dream. But the non-profit organization behind the initiative, the East Coast Greenway Alliance (ECGA), has been busy as of late, as it's 2016-2020 strategic plan shows an uptick in funding from community organizations and both federal and local government institutions. (The project depends on local state governments building and maintaining their individual sections.)
FROM STAFF REPORTS - Journal Tribune
BIDDEFORD — A new trail sign was installed recently on the Biddeford portion of the Eastern Trail.
When completed, the trail will run 65 miles from Kittery to South Portland.
The artwork on the new sign depicts beavers and other area wildlife, and was created by artist Jada Fitch.
One organization is working to connect cities and towns from Maine to Florida with protected trails.
by EILLIE ANZILOTTI | published Jun 28, 2016
From northern Maine to the tip of Florida, the East Coast of the United States stretches 3,000 miles. It’s a diverse, expansive route, cutting through wooded hills and rocky coastlines before hitting the sun-drenched beaches of the South. And all of it can be traveled by bicycle.
The Town of Scarborough is working with the Eastern Trail Alliance and Bicycle Coalition of Maine to complete a 1.6-mile section of off-road trail in Scarborough.
It is the only remaining off-road gap between downtown Saco and Bug Light in South Portland. The funds will be used to build two bridges – one over the Nonesuch River near Eastern Road and the other over the Pan Am Railways tracks near Pleasant Hill Road. Riders, runners and bike commuters will be able to access 16 contiguous offroad miles once complete. The “Close the Gap” campaign has already raised $2.8 million toward the goal of $3.8 million.
The final push is on to raise the remaining $1 million needed by the end of the year to build two new bridges on the Eastern Trail that would close a 1.6-mile gap between Scarborough and South Portland.
Construction of the bridges, one over the Nonesuch River and one over the Pan Am railroad tracks near Pleasant Hill Road, has been a goal of the Eastern Trail Alliance, which maintains and operates the trail, for more than a decade, according to Carole Brush.
By Michael Kelley Staff Writer
With Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Department of Environmental Protection approval in hand, it’s a “critical year” for a long-term project to connect the Eastern Trail between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and the Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex in South Portland.
So says Scarborough Town Planner Dan Bacon.
WGME-TV (Channmel 13), May 6, 2016
SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- There's a push to "close the gap," at one of Maine's most popular foot and biking trails.
Images of snowy egrets, glossy ibis and great blue herons, along with other marsh animals, now grace a new art installation along the Scarborough Marsh section of the Eastern Trail.
The new informational sign, which was created by local artist Jada Fitch, teaches trail users about the various marsh animals, as well as offering a bit of information about the marsh itself, including its historic Native American name – Owascoag, or Land of Many Grasses.
By SHOSHANA HOOSE - Posted October 25
[Ed. note: Be sure to read this entire article - the Eastern Trail is specifically mentioned near the end]
You can do two things in the next week and a half to improve bicycling and walking in Maine.
First, vote for the $85 million state transportation bond on the November ballot. A small portion of that money will pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Read on to learn details.
Second, ask those running for office in your city or town where they stand on bicycling and walking issues. For example: